History Literature / FoucaultsPendulum

11th Jan '18 1:44:39 AM jamespolk
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%%* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Ardenti. It turns out that he's alive and he's one of the Diabolicals.]]

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%%* * NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Ardenti.Ardenti. It turns out that he's alive and he's one of the Diabolicals.]]



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: {{Played with}}. Casaubon tries to figure out the password to Belbo's computer, which asks: "Do you know the password?" Since Belbo is his close friend, he tries numerous expressions he thinks Belbo could've used, but none of them work. Eventually, he angrily types: "No." This is the password. There's a deeper reason for this: In order to gain knowledge, you have to admit that you don't know a specific thing.



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: {{Played with}}. Casaubon tries to figure out the password to Belbo's computer, which asks: "Do you know the password?" Since Belbo is his close friend, he tries numerous expressions he thinks Belbo could've used, but none of them work. Eventually, he angrily types: "No." This is the password. There's a deeper reason for this: In order to gain knowledge, you have to admit that you don't know a specific thing.
24th Nov '17 9:28:25 AM nombretomado
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Belbo, Casaubon and Diotallevi create "The Plan", an elaborate and ridiculously TropeOverdosed ConspiracyTheory as nothing more than a fun project for killing some free time and [[StealthParody for mocking]] all the ConspiracyKitchenSink theories and secret histories they were forced to read while editing the manuscripts of various wacko authors for publishing. Their whole prank gradually starts getting out of hand and [[YourMindMakesItReal sounding]] [[ParanoiaFuel far too real]], since it's often even [[ShownTheirWork more convincing]] than all the [[WhoWritesThisCrap pulp conspiracy theories]] it was supposed to make fun of in the first place. [[spoiler:Then a secret society of whackjobs show up, and they might have [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight been telling the truth by accident all along.]]]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Belbo, Casaubon and Diotallevi create "The Plan", an elaborate and ridiculously TropeOverdosed ConspiracyTheory UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory as nothing more than a fun project for killing some free time and [[StealthParody for mocking]] all the ConspiracyKitchenSink theories and secret histories they were forced to read while editing the manuscripts of various wacko authors for publishing. Their whole prank gradually starts getting out of hand and [[YourMindMakesItReal sounding]] [[ParanoiaFuel far too real]], since it's often even [[ShownTheirWork more convincing]] than all the [[WhoWritesThisCrap pulp conspiracy theories]] it was supposed to make fun of in the first place. [[spoiler:Then a secret society of whackjobs show up, and they might have [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight been telling the truth by accident all along.]]]]
4th Sep '17 11:36:13 AM Aquila89
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: The narrator notes how many contradictions and other unexplainable things happen in the story of the Knights Templar, which helped creating the mystery around them:

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: The narrator Casaubon notes how many contradictions and other unexplainable inexplicable things happen in the story of the Knights Templar, which helped creating the mystery around them:
4th Sep '17 8:04:45 AM JustTroper
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* {{Mockspiracy}}: The protagonists invent a centuries-old conspiracy involving Rosicrucians, Templars, Masons and other secret organizations to parody the real-life conspiracy theorists. [[spoilers:ZigZagged however, since the real occultists and conspiracy theorists take the story at face value, and ''actually'' [[FakeRealTurn create the secret society that the protagonists made up]].]]

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* {{Mockspiracy}}: The protagonists invent a centuries-old conspiracy involving Rosicrucians, Templars, Masons and other secret organizations to parody the real-life conspiracy theorists. [[spoilers:ZigZagged [[spoiler:ZigZagged however, since the real occultists and conspiracy theorists take the story at face value, and ''actually'' [[FakeRealTurn create the secret society that the protagonists made up]].]]
4th Sep '17 8:04:03 AM JustTroper
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* {{Mockspiracy}}: The protagonists invent a centuries-old conspiracy involving Rosicrucians, Templars, Masons and other secret organizations to parody the real-life conspiracy theorists. [[spoilers:ZigZagged however, since the real occultists and conspiracy theorists take the story at face value, and ''actually'' [[FakeRealTurn create the secret society that the protagonists made up]].]]
5th Jun '17 5:30:55 PM HighCrate
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* ConspiracyTheorist: Subverted. The three protagonists all start out as GenreSavvy {{Deadpan Snarker}}s lampooning ConspiracyKitchenSink theories in general, but as the the book nears its end, they become raving {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s themselves, seeing [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolism]] and [[AncientConspiracy dark secrets]] behind absolutely everything.

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* ConspiracyTheorist: Subverted. The three protagonists all start out as GenreSavvy {{Deadpan Snarker}}s lampooning ConspiracyKitchenSink theories in general, but as the the book nears its end, they become raving {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s themselves, seeing [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolism]] and [[AncientConspiracy dark secrets]] behind absolutely everything.
16th Mar '17 3:19:59 AM JahBulOn
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-->''"There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics…Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble…Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation…Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent…Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark…Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason…A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars…There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden…"''
2nd Feb '17 11:42:59 AM JustTroper
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* PopCultureSymbology: The book, which is a savage deconstruction of conspiracy fiction, has the protagonists inventing a parody conspiracy theory that connects Templars, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, etc., as well as modern-day fiction and cartoons.
19th Jun '16 4:07:07 AM JustTroper
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* SageLoveInterest: Lia is presented as the epitome of "natural wisdom", in contrast to the pseudo-profound concepts of the Diabolicals.
3rd Jun '16 12:53:38 AM PaulA
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* RealityRetcon: InUniverse, with the editors constructing a fake conspiracy.


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* ViewersAreGeniuses: To give some illustration of the ''sheer magnitude'' of the permeation of this trope through his fiction, ''Foucault's Pendulum'' requires at least a modest familiarity with the conception of God in Kabbalah in order to understand the book's narrative arrangement; and though Kabbalah is hardly the most obscure of topics--and certainly not the most obscure form of knowledge required to understand ''Foucault's Pendulum''--this novel requires substantial reading into a major world mystic/faith tradition ''merely to understand its chapter layout''.
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